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U's looking to continue good home form against Exiles

25 November 2021

Colchester United are back at home for the second home game this week with the visit of Newport County on Friday evening.

The U's have been victorious in their previous two home games, with wins against Scunthorpe United and Exeter City here at the JobServe Community Stadium. 

Tuesday's game against the Grecians was arguably the best of the season, ending the visitors' twenty-game unbeaten run with a well earned 3-1 win, courtesy of goals from Syl Jasper, Noah Chilvers and Freddie Sears. 

Hayden Mullins' side will be up against another promotion-chasing foe on Friday night with the visit of Newport County, with James Rowberry's side currently sitting ninth in the table. 

Mullins and Dyer were boosted by the return of Alan Judge to the substitues bench on Tuesday night, but they will check on the fitness of Shamal George and Brendan Wiredu ahead of the next League Two game. 

The Opposition
Newport County's form has stuttered in the last couple of games, with the Exiles losing and drawing against Swindon Town and Crawley Town respectively, whereas, the previous three league games had yielded the maximum nine points on offer. 

James Rowberry is just over a month into his tenure as Exiles boss, and has helped to steady the ship at Rodney Parade, moving his side into the top half of the table.

Their good form in the last five weeks has been helped by having the Sky Bet League Two top goalscorer in their ranks, with Dom Telford hitting twelve in eleven games so far, including three in his last three matches. 

The former Bury and Plymouth Argyle man has ensured his is one of the first names on the teamsheet, with the Exiles' squad bolstered by the veterans of Mickey Demetriou and Matty Dolan at the back, along with Joe Day returning between the sticks for the Welsh side this season. 

Rowberry has opeted for a back three in the past few games, with Dolan, Demetriou and Clarke guarding the goal, with the trio playing in almost every match this season together. 

Former Cheltenham Town midfielder and League Two champion from last season, Finn Azaz was a summer addition to the Rodney Parade side on loan from Aston Villa, with forty-two-year-old Kevin Ellison also in and around the squad with thirteen appearances and one goal this season. 

Last Time We Met

The visitors took all three points in the last meeting between the two, back in March. Joss Labadie got the Exiles off the mark with a well-taken finish on the half hour mark, with Amond adding a second twelve minutes from full time. The U's were reduced to ten men with Frank Nouble sent off in a tough game for the U's. 

Tickets remain on sale from Col U Tickets for the visit of Newport County. Click HERE to purchase yours, or they can be purchased in person from one of the ticketing machines in the club shop on matchday. 

Match Info
For more information on what to expect when you arrive at the JobServe Community Stadium on Tuesday evening, click HERE. 

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